Author Archives: Michael Johnston

A New, Younger Nevin

A New, Younger Nevin I got a much nicer photo of Nevin to replace this candid snapshot. This portrait below is from 1933 when he was aged 41 years. I’m working on restoring his Toccata in D Minor which is … Continue reading

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An Elgar Celebration

An Elgar Celebration For those of you who do not play Elgar, here is something that may change your minds. For two of the transcriptions by Herbert Brewer, I have added recordings on a fine Willis organ — which recording … Continue reading

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Longwood Sketches, Longwood Competition

I was looking at the website about the Longwood Competition and found the link to the Sketches. I can’t wait to play them on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the public here in New York. Your website is great. Thank … Continue reading

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Autumn Is Coming Soon — Time to Prepare!

Autumn Is Coming Soon — Time to Prepare! Tom Nichol reminded me that this year is the 100th Anniversary of Leo Sowerby’s 1916 program masterpiece, “Comes Autumn Time.” You can read the history of this piece in his article which … Continue reading

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Memorial Day in the United States

Memorial Day in the United States For this solemn holiday, I was thinking of the pieces that I had restored which fit the theme and mood of this day. The first one I thought of was Sowerby’s “Requiescat in Pace.” … Continue reading

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Garth Was Quite A Character

Garth Was Quite A Character I got this great comment from an organist concerning Garth Edmundson. I knew Garth Edmundson. He was a family friend, and my father and I studied voice with his wife, Anna. I used to quietly … Continue reading

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The Story of the Organ in the Trocadéro

The Story of the Organ in the Trocadéro by Tom Nichol Lyon, in east-central France, contains, among its many artistic treasures, an almost forgotten, yet quite significant, musical instrument—namely, the organ of the Maurice Ravel Auditorium. This article will give … Continue reading

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Now THIS Is a Review of an Organ Concert

  Considerable Curiosity and Interest Were Excited This post is just for fun. Below is an extract from a newspaper article about an organist and his concert. Try to guess who played. Hints are “St Luke’s” and “London.” When you’ve … Continue reading

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Assembling An Organ from Parts

Amazing 800-pipe Organ for Sale (some assembly required) This Compton of 800 pipes is planned to sell at auction up for sale — “but the buyer will need to put it together, as auctioneer Nigel Kirk reports.” This need for … Continue reading

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Brigadier General Charles Gates Dawes

Brigadier General Charles Gates Dawes With the recent interest in Dawes’ Melody in A and the pop song derived from it, I thought it was a good time to post the article that Bob Moody wrote for the restoration (back … Continue reading

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